I guess last night technically went well, didn’t it?
After all, a win’s a win once it’s in the books, and the ninth inning meltdown aside, the Cubs pulled off a win. All they need to do now is win one of their remaining three games to call this road series (against one of the best teams in baseball) a success.
Of course, doing it tonight won’t be too easy:
Tonight's Arrieta vs Scherzer match up is 1st time the last 2 Cy Young winners face off since Webb vs Peavy in 2008. #Cubs
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) June 27, 2017
Unlike tonight’s Cubs’ starter, Jake Arrieta, Max Scherzer has won not one, but two Cy Young awards, with his most recent victory coming just last season.
In fact, Scherzer has finished in the top 5 of Cy Young voting in each of the last four years, and that doesn’t figure to change in 2017. In fact, Scherzer’s MLB leading 2.09 ERA and NL leading 3.4 fWAR probably make him the NL Cy Young front-runner at this point, as well.
Jake Arrieta on the other hand, has a 4.36 ERA (4.10 FIP) this season, and just 1.3 fWAR overall. With that said, his last start was a pretty good one against a tough Marlins lineup: 7.0 IP, 6H, 1ER, 0BB, 3Ks. Hopefully, he can pull off something similar tonight against an even tougher Nationals lineup. We’ll see.
Chicago Cubs (39-37) at Washington Nationals (45-31) – 6:05 CT on ABC-7, 670 The Score
Game Thread and Series Preview
Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun today.
Cubs: Jake Arrieta (R): 4.36 ERA, 4.09 FIP, 3.78 xFIP; 3.56 K/BB
Nationals: Max Scherzer (L): 2.09 ERA, 2.78 FIP, 3.11 xFIP; 6.04 K/BB
- Trea Turner, SS
- Brian Goodwin, LF
- Bryce Harper, RF
- Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
- Daniel Murphy, 2B
- Anthony Rendon, 3B
- Matt Wieters, C
- Michael A. Taylor, CF
- Max Scherzer, P
Chicago Cubs Lineup:
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Tommy La Stella, 3B
- Ian Happ, CF
- Kris Bryant, RF
- Miguel Montero, C
- Jon Jay, LF
- Javy Baez, SS
- Jake Arrieta, P
- Jeimer Candelario, 3B